Former governor Rod Blagojevich speaks to reporters as his wife, Patti, listens at the federal building in Chicago in 2011. Credit: AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Friday, November 3, 2017.

  • Blagojevich brings his appeal to the Supreme Court

Former governor Rod Blagojevich is appealing his 14-year prison sentence and conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court for a second time. The court refused to hear his case in early 2016 and isn’t likely to take it on the case this time, according to the Sun-Times. But some legal experts believe the former governor has a strong case. “People are always raising money for campaigns, and politicians are always voting on stuff,” attorney Sam Heldman, who represented a former Alabama governor in a similar case, told Politico. “I think it’s literally true that if you gave me an FBI agent and subpoena power and gave me a random city council person or state legislator from any state in the country . . . I could find something.” If this appeal doesn’t work out, Blagojevich’s final hope is a pardon from his former TV boss on Celebrity Apprentice. [Sun-Times] [Politico]

  • Alderman Willie Cochran “responsive” after collapsing during hearing

Alderman Willie Cochran is “responsive” after collapsing during a Chicago Police Department budget hearing at City Hall Thursday. Several alderman performed CPR on Cochran, who was taken out on a stretcher by paramedics. “He was kind of contorted, so we just checked for a pulse, opened an airway and gave him some compressions because we weren’t feeling a real good pulse,” alderman Pat O’Connor said. “A police officer was involved as well, and he came back, which was great. I’m happy, and it’s over, hopefully.” [Tribune]

  • Obama Presidential Center will feature a public library instead of a presidential library

The Obama Presidential Center will house a public library, likely a Chicago Public Library, instead of an official U.S. government presidential library, according to the Sun-Times. Presidential libraries, such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, generally cater to scholars, but a public library would serve the community. The Obama Foundation is currently in talks with CPL on the details. [Sun-Times]

  • An average of 39 stolen cell phones are reported to police every day

Chicagoans report an average of 39 stolen cell phones to the Chicago Police Department a day, according to DNAinfo Chicago. The Loop seems to be a hub for phone stealing: 1,168 were reported stolen from there over a one-year period. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra has an operating deficit of $1.4 million

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra had an operating deficit of $1.4 million in fiscal 2017, compared with a $400,000 surplus last year, Crain’s Chicago Business reports. Ticket sales declined by $32,000, other sources of operating revenue dropped by $1 million, and contributions dropped by $130,000 over the 2017 fiscal year. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

  • Prince Harry made an exception for Chicago pizza

Prince Harry of Wales told students at Hyde Park Academy that he doesn’t normally eat pizza anymore but had made an exception during his visit to Chicago for the Obama Foundation Summit. “I had pizza last night. I don’t even eat pizza anymore, but I had pizza last night,” he told the high school student who recommended that he “eats Chicago.” “We had deep-dish, and we had thin crust. I promise you, I will make sure I eat Chicago.” In an act of diplomacy, he did not specify whether he prefered thin crust or deep-dish. [People]